REDLANDS – The Burrage Mansion was the place to be for the children of Micah House participating in a three-day, two-night Spring Break Camp made possible through a partnership with Christ In Action.
Campers arrived at the mansion on Monday. They spent time settling in and began training for the Redlands Bicycle Classic on a course developed by the Rochford Foundation and the city.
The camp’s theme was modeled after a Race for a Purpose concept and taken directly from the Bible, said Dianna Lawson, a program coordinator for the nonprofit.
More than 20 children are participating in the Bicycle Classic, scheduled April 3 through 7. The event doubled as an opportunity to get the organization’s team ready for the event and provide motivation.
Christ In Action, Lawson and organizers put together a schedule of additional events to keep participants busy throughout the camp.
Among the activities available were arts and crafts, learning new song and scripture, breakfast preparation under the guidance and support of local chef Lee Burton and an evening around the campfire with a special guest on Tuesday evening.
“I was going over instructions and up comes Jack Sparrow with a compass and a map. `Do you know where my treasure is?’ he asks, and the kids freaked out,” Lawson said. “The little ones went on a treasuring hunting event with him around the mansion. We were all traipsing around the dark, searching for clues.”
The man who portrayed Sparrow volunteered his time and was provided by the If The Shoe Fits Character Co. free of charge, Lawson said.
Lawson said that not only was it a lively couple of days, but the camp may be the only vacation many of the Micah House children will have.
“It was so wonderful to see this pulled together with a theme and activities that we were able to do together,” she said. “We’re together a lot at the Micah House Program, so we kind of have a really sweet family atmosphere already. But to live together for 2 days, and to eat, sleep and play, it was just the best memories for me.
“It was just a real positive thing for us.”
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